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   Posted 1/4/2007 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

I went for my yearly checkup (retinal neuropathy exam) and all is just fine and dandy. BUT we got to talking about the "what ifs" of retinal neuropathy and I was informed of the following:

1. There used to be nothing that could be done.
2. That has changed (woo hoooo) apparently there are now both surgical options as well as medical options to help treat existing retinal neuropathies!

I don't know if this is common knowledge or not, but just thought I'd let people know what I was told. While I hope there are YEARS to go before I have any vision issues related to being a diabetic, I sure am glad there are treatments available!

Have a good evening -
Cheers -


age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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   Posted 1/4/2007 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Did you get the cute little disposable sunglasses that are absolutely useless? I love the drops that make your eyes numb and dilated. Makes you look like a zombie! (LOL) My dad-in-law went blind with diabetic retinopathy even after the laser surgery. It can't help people who are out of control like he was...
~ Jeannie

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   Posted 1/5/2007 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had Diabetic Retinopathy since 1988 when I went in for a regular eye check up for glasses (nearsighted). The DR told me he could see it and to go to a specialist and have pictures taken to start documenting its progress.

I have been going to the same Specialist since 1988 when he took pictures of my retinopathy (taking these pictures is a pain in the you know where, but worth it to know the progression of the disease). He told me to come back in a year for a check up and see how it has progressed and that I might need to get Laser surgery in a few years.

My last visit to this specialist was this past September. The Dr said that my eyes have not changed since when he took the original pictures in 1988 (lucky me, I must be doing something right). If I do go in one day and it has gotten worse, the DR told me it would be nothing more than doing a little LASER on the blood vessels that have hemorrhaged. He assured me it was a quick and easy operation. He should know, because when I was hunting for a eye specialist in 1988 I came across much information on him and he was one of the first eye surgens to use Laser for diabetic retinopathy in the Tampa area.

If you have you eyes checked every year (which diabetics are supposed to do), You should not go blind if you have it documented and have the Laser surgery to fix the hemorrhages if found.


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   Posted 1/5/2007 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
SUNGLASSES??? I was supposed to get SUNGLASSES???????? I got no such thing. mad
I squinted, teared up, and swore for 20 minutes straight while I drove home. Ironically, I did go shopping with one of my sons' friends, who DID tell me I looked like a zombie!!!!!! Her exact words were, "Have you looked in the mirror lately? You're scarier than @#@*%$!!! You look like a ZOMBIE!" I had nooooo idea what she was talking about until she dragged me in a dressing room.
If MY kid came home looking like that I'd start searching his car for drugs.
Next year I'll bring my shades with me, believe me!!!
Cheers -


age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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